Rural Child Care Innovation Program Grant, (RCCIP)
Childcare is an economic driver for rural communities across our country, but many communities are facing shortages of childcare slots. The Rural Child Care Innovation Program (RCCIP) is an innovative community engagement process designed to increase the supply of high-quality affordable childcare in rural communities. The purpose of RCCIP is to guide communities in identifying the scope and size of their childcare challenges, and to empower and support communities to develop solutions to address these challenges.
The Rural Child Care Innovation Program (RCCIP) addresses the challenges of rural childcare through the lens of economic development.
The RCCIP uses a community engagement process designed to identify right-sized solutions to increase the supply of high-quality affordable childcare in rural communities.
By mobilizing community members and empowering the creation of community-based solutions, rural communities can preserve existing childcare businesses and add new childcare slots.
The Ogemaw EDC wrote for the RCCIP grant for Ogemaw County and we received the 9 month support grant to assist in gathering data to aid in efforts to find solutions for the current situation.
This grant reached it's sunset in September 2023 and now we are focusing on the action steps identified in the process. Part of the continuum has included forming a Childcare Committee to concentrate on keeping the efforts moving forward. If you would like to be part of this action committee, please reach out to Penny Payea, firstname.lastname@example.org.